• The Romania Experience
  • The Romania Experience
  • The Romania Experience
  • The Romania Experience
  • The Romania Experience
  • The Romania Experience
  • The Romania Experience
  • The Romania Experience
  • The Romania Experience
  • The Romania Experience

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From £1395 per person. Book here or call us on 0207 101 4061. 

Embark on a 14-day journey to discover Romania’s finest sights. From the mountains down to the coast, you will not only witness breathtaking landscapes, but will get to experience the simple rural life, centuries-old traditions and learn more about the rich history that has shaped the country.

Start off with the Transylvanian countryside which offers the perfect mix between tradition and culture. Explore the charming Saxon towns of Brasov, Sibiu and Sighisoara, get your culture fix with visits to the impressive Peles Castle and Bran (Dracula’s) Castle, and get a taste of the village life with traditional accommodation and getting involved in the local activities.

Next, step further back in time into the heart of the Maramures. Here, you will get to fully experience the simple village life. Stay in a traditional guesthouse, help out the locals with their daily activities and enjoy the peace of nature. Don’t miss out on the wooden churches!

Continue your journey down to the coast before travelling to the bird paradise in the Danube Delta. Slow down and enjoy the quietness of the place, drift along the waterways or simply enjoy a day by the pool. You will witness flocks of pelicans and other bird life at Sachalin Peninsula – the main breeding spot – as well as have the possibility of opting for a number of optional activities such as kayaking, fishing or more birdwatching.

Relaxation, tranquility, nature and culture, all wrapped up in one!


The Experience

Day 1: Arrival in Bucharest followed by a transfer to your boutique accommodation in the Lipscani district where you will be greeted with a coffee or glass of wine before you head out into the old town to explore and discover the plethora of restaurants and bars.

Day 2: Morning transfer into Transylvania, stopping for a tour around the divine Peles Castle before checking in to your hotel in Brasov. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring the charming medieval Saxon town of Brasov.

Day 3: Day to relax and spend more time in Brasov with optional extra activities such as walking tours or even an opportunity to experience seeing wild brown bears in a nearby hide.

Day 4: Morning transfer to Bran Castle, better known as Dracula’s Castle before arriving at Inn on Balaban to enjoy the stunning rural countryside before a traditional Romanian meal in the evening.

Day 5: Morning transfer to the Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Zarnesti before transferring to the rural village of Viscri where HRH Prince of Wales owns a property. Enjoy a tour and an authentic lunch at a local house (not included) before travelling to a neighbouring village to check-in to your traditional Transylvanian guesthouse where you can partake in village activities.

Day 6: Travel and visit the medieval citadel of Sighisoara for lunch and a then wander before transferring to the beautiful town of Sibiu and checking-in to your hotel. You will have the rest of the day to enjoy the medieval town.

Day 7: Morning visit to the outstanding ASTRA Outdoor Folk Museum, which is the biggest in Europe and gives you a fantastic insight into traditional rural Romania from around the country. Transfer back to Sibiu for an afternoon at your leisure. Alternatively, you can opt for a trip to Balea Lake via the famous Transfagarasan for lunch before returning to Sibiu.

Day 8: Transfer to the the heart of the Maramures countryside. Visit the Salina mine in Turda on the way, before being transferred through the rural Romanian countryside to to Breb, via Rogoz and its stunning wooden church. Afternoon arrival in Breb for traditional local dinner (not included).

Day 9: Sunday morning traditional church service in Maramures at a local wooden church before travelling to Sighet and Sapanta to visit Romania’s Memorial of the Victims of Communism Museum as well as the charming Merry Cemetery. Evening back in Breb.

Day 10: Morning at your leisure. Afternoon visit the old mill and whirlpool in the village of Sarbi. Transfer back to Cluj via the UNESCO wooden church in Surdesti. Enjoy the rest of the evening in Cluj.

Day 11: Transfer to Cluj Airport for your flight (not included) to Constanta. Once in Constanta, you will be transferred to your hotel and will have the rest of the day to explore the coastal town.

Day 12: Morning transfer to Tulcea before travelling into the depths of the Danube Delta by boat all the way to the small fishing village of Crisan where you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the Delta and a barbecue at sunset featuring freshly caught fish.

Day 13: Transfer to Letea by boat via the Old Danube Delta stopping for a traditional lunch in the village along with a short excursion to the forest of Letea where you may well be able to spot wild horses. After lunch, the boat travels to the fishing town of Sulina for a drink and a wander before heading onwards to Sfantu Gheorghe.

Day 14: Boat transfer to Mahmudia in time for lunch before beginning the journey back to Bucharest by car then enjoy dinner in Bucharest for your final night.

Day 15: Transfer to Bucharest airport for return flight.

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The Price

The price for this experience includes:

Includes   Transfers Airport pick-up and drop-off, all in-country transfers

Includes   Accommodation 12 nights B&B accommodation & 2 nights traditional half-board accommodation

Includes   Activities Visit, entry and tour of Peles Castle in Sinaia, visit and entry to Bran (aka. Dracula’s) Castle, visit to the Libearty Bear Sanctuary, visit to Viscri and the Astra Outdoor Folk Museum, visit and entry to Turda salt mine, visit and entry to the Maramures wooden churches, visit to Sarbi village near Breb, visit and entry to Romania’s Memorial of the Victims of Communism Museum, visit and entry to the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, visit and entry to the painted wooden church in Rogoz, traditional Delta lunch in Letea

Includes  Other The services of  bi-lingual representatives, the Romania Experience booklet, a welcome drink

Please Note: Our prices are based on two people sharing. For solo travellers, there is often a single supplement, please check the booking page of the experience for confirmation of the rates. For up-to-date prices, bookings and enquiries, please click here.


The Group

2 – 12 people

Please note that the trip may not be suitable for very young children given journey times of longer than an hour, and possible disturbance to others travelling in the group. If you’re unsure, please don’t hesitate to get in touch as we can always tailor something specific to your needs.


The Alternatives

Don’t quite have two weeks to spare? No worries, we have a couple of shorter trips that might be of interest:

The Transylvania Experience: This will give you you a full week to enjoy Transylvania’s delights. As well as making the trip to Bran Castle and the medieval town of Brasov, you’ll also spend time in Transylvania’s equally charming towns of Sighisoara and Sibiu. Get your fix of peace and tranquility at the serene Inn on Balaban in the Carpathian Mountains and get involved with village life with shepherding, bee-keeping and rustic cookery. To find out more, click here.

The Rural Romania Experience: Take a journey through time and discover the real Romania on a cultural back-to-basics style trip through the Maramures region where you’ll be transported deep into the heart of Romania’s rural countryside with its vast expanses of wild nature, cultural sites, wooden churches and clusters of peasant villages. More information here.

The Danube Delta Experience: A week of peace and tranquility in Europe’s largest wetland. An area of sheer wild beauty surrounded by an abundance of nature, the Danube Delta is a naturalists paradise with endless waterways inhabited by herons, pelicans and cormorants, and narrow canals lined with floating reeds and sparkling water lilies. Fore more information, click here.


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The Country

Ask most people what comes to mind when they think of Romania and you’re likely to hear something along the lines of Dracula, vampires and gypsies. Yes, the spooky castles pitched on rocky hilltops are certainly vampire-worthy but the only real fangs you’re likely to be exposed to here are those belonging to the wild bears, wolves and lynx that roam the Carpathian Mountains. Once you place the stereotypes aside for a moment, you’ll soon understand how misunderstood, overlooked and vastly underestimated this country is.

From the untouched Transylvanian countryside and the beautiful mountain scenery in the Carpathian Mountains, the wooden churches and painted monasteries of Maramures and the medieval towns of Brasov, Sibiu and Sighisoara, to the Danube Delta’s abundance of birds and wildlife, and the magnetic buzz of the fast-paced capital of Bucharest, the variation and contrast across Romania is staggering.



Famed for its connections with Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula, Transylvania offers so much more than old ghost stories. With beautiful landscapes teaming with nature and perfectly preserved medieval towns rich in history and culture, this is one of the last places in Europe where you’ll find living remnants of medieval tradition and custom.

Ancient fortified villages and isolated hamlets are surrounded by rolling pastures dotted with haystacks, and meadows carpeted with hundreds of wildflowers. Peasant culture and rural life is apparent at every twist and turn – the locals get around by horse and cart, grass is cut using traditional scythes, shepherds roam the countryside and water is taken from the communal village well. Frozen in time yet utterly self-sufficient, the inhabitants of these remote dwellings have honed the ancient arts of weaving, pottery and bread-making over the centuries, and still make a living from time-honoured occupations including shepherding and carpentry.

But the traditional way of life is only part of Transylvania’s fascination. The region is also home to a diverse multi-ethnic heritage where a cultural melting pot of Romanians, Hungarians, Saxons, Germans and Romany gypsies make a distinct mark on the architecture, cuisine and even names of Transylvania’s towns which are often referred to in three different languages. The result is a wonderfully diverse landscape speckled with groups of remote communities that live and breathe their own very distinctive traditions and customs many of which have disappeared over the centuries throughout the rest of Europe.

If the culture, history and easy-going lifestyle aren’t enough to convince you of Transylvania’s appeal, then its collection of medieval old towns should just about clinch it for you! Perfectly preserved with charming cobbled streets and rainbow coloured houses with traditional roofs, the three most famous Saxon towns form a triangle across Transylvania and represent some of the finest examples in Europe.

First up is Brasov with its beautiful baroque architecture and citadel ruins, then there’s Sibiu with its cobblestone streets and handful of quaint squares, and finally, you’ve got the hilltop citadel of Sighisoara which boasts a labyrinth of narrow passageways and a fairytale clock tower dating back to the 14th century.

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Deep in the heart of the Romanian countryside, the Maramures region epitomises the country’s rural heritage and showcases traditional peasant lifestyle beautifully. The Maramures area itself is a scenic masterpiece of natural beauty with remote mountain passes, beautiful valleys and vast expanses of open landscape. Its rolling countryside is a patchwork of green pastures and meadows carpeted with wild flowers, peppered here and there with clusters of wooden churches and small villages like Breb that embrace Romanian peasant lifestyle.

Compact and unique, a visit to Maramures is truly a step back in time through to an age of romantic simplicity and medieval rural values, distinctly preserved in the traditionally run and peasant-inhabited Romanian country villages such as Breb. Ancient skills and crafts such as berry picking, pottery making and buffalo herding continue to thrive and feature at the heart of village life. Locals wear their hand-woven clothing with pride particularly on Sundays when they congregate at their nearest wooden church for long services, and make the most of nature’s bountiful offerings, boiling up their famous jams from local fruits and milking their own cows.

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Danube Delta

The mighty Danube River flows 1,788 miles from its springs in Germany’s Black Forest to the Black Sea. Just before reaching the Black Sea, it forms the second largest and best preserved of Europe’s deltas and with 2,200 square miles of rivers, canals, marshes, tree-fringed lakes and reed islands it really is a nature-lover’s paradise!

Teaming with the highest concentration of bird colonies in all of Europe, the maze of canals bordered by thatch, willows and oaks entangled in lianas, offers the perfect breeding ground for countless species of birds, some of them from as far away as China and Africa. Huge numbers of Egyptian white pelicans arrive here every spring to raise their young, while equal numbers of Arctic geese come here to escape the harsh winters of Northern Europe.

Some 300 species of birds make Danube’s Delta their home; the best time to sea them being from early spring to late summer. But birds are not the only inhabitants of the Delta. There is also a rich community of fish and animals from wildcats, foxes and wolves, to boars, deer and wild horses. Altogether 3,450 animal species can be seen here as well as 1,700 plant species.

The Danube Delta is comprised of an intricate network of waterways and lakes divided between the three main estuary channels of the Danube. Tulcea is located at the tip of the three channels and is the starting point from which you’ll explore the Delta. The channels or bratuls are named after their respective ports: Chilia (in the north), Sulina (in the middle), and Sfantu Gheorghe (in the south). Stretching some 67 miles and carrying 23% of the Danube’s total water flow, the Sfantu Gheorghe channel is home to a number of little fishing villages along its banks including the pretty village of Sfantu Gheorghe where you’re likely to be based.

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The Season

Romania’s climate witnesses extreme changes in temperature from the very hot summer to freezing cold in winter. As such, the experience only runs during the late spring, summer and early autumn months when the weather is most pleasant for the outdoor activities. The village activities in Transylvania and Maramures vary over the seasons, while the Danube Delta boasts with wildlife throughout spring and summer.

May: The weather in May is pleasant as the intense heat of the summer is yet to arrive. However, it’s not unusual for the weather to change quite drastically, particularly on higher ground so it’s a good idea to pack layers just in case! The other plus side to travelling in the spring is the presence of stunning wildflowers and butterflies that fill the countryside. As a bonus, it is migration season in the Danube Delta so it is the perfect time to visit for birdwatching.

June: June weather is dry and warm, though not as hot as the following summer months. It is also the time for the annual brewing of the local firewater in Maramures.

July & August: In the full swing of summer, visiting Romania in July and August means long hot sunny days and blue skies with little chance of rain. While temperatures can soar to around 40 degrees, it tends to be a little cooler in the mountains so you’ll be able to enjoy the great outdoors either mountain biking around Viscri, hiking or simply walking in the mountains. The summer months of July and August also play host to harvest time in rural Romania when the fields and pastures are ripe for hay stacking providing you with the opportunity to get your hands dirty during your time in Breb, helping the locals gather the hay using traditional implements like scythes and forks. Other activities to get involved with during the summer include sherpherding in the fields where you’ll have the opportunity to watch the milking and shearing of the sheep and to sample the local cheeses. In the Danube Delta, the summer months also mean mosquitoes.

September: September brings with it slightly fresher temperatures and a certain sense of tranquillity as the rush to get the hay in from the fields is usually over by this point. You’ll still have warm and very pleasant days with cooler evenings to explore the villages. September also witnesses bird migration in the Danube Delta, so it is another great opportunity for birdwatching.


The Duration & The Calendar

The Romania Experience takes place over fourteen nights and fifteen days and typically commences every Saturday during the season. However, the arrival and departure times of your chosen flights may well affect the exact duration of your stay. Many use the flexibility of booking their own flights to add an additional night or two (or three) in Bucharest at the beginning and/or end of the experience to make the very most of their time in Romania.

The calendar on the BOOK NOW page shows exactly when trips are available throughout the season. As well as displaying which trip dates are fully booked or available, the calendar also highlights specific dates that have been discounted or are on special offer. Click here to see available dates and rates on our calendar >

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The Highlights

There are hundreds of reasons why we think you would love the opportunity to explore Romania’s greatest regions, but here are a few of our personal trip highlights to help persuade you…

The Rural Activities: With such a wonderful range of activities to get involved with on your trip, you’ll come away with a wealth of unique experiences to treasure for years to come. From getting your hands dirty during the harvest time helping the locals with hay stacking and rolling up your sleeves for a culinary workshop learning the art of rustic Romanian cookery in the village of Breb, to shepherding, authentic horse & cart rides and visits to the local beehives, you’ll be immersed in Romanian village life from beginning to end.

The Countryside: The countryside is an absolute spectacle that changes throughout the season with beautiful alpine meadows rich in wild flora and fauna, and green pastures carpeted with an abundance of wild flowers and peppered with hundreds of butterflies during the spring and summer. Whether you’re here for the simplicity and solitude, the great outdoors or just an escape somewhere different, you’ll find the natural Romanian countryside a veritable paradise of peace and beauty.

The Way of life: Famous for its timeless tranquillity, visiting Maramures is akin to taking a journey through time to an area of the world where locals still trade in farm produce like milk and eggs, water is taken from the well and women wear traditional clothing to Sunday service at their local village wooden church. The pace of life in the Maramures region is far slower and more gentle than most of us are used to, which allows the opportunity for self-reflection and a proper break from the hectic lives we all seem to lead nowadays. The village activities available in places like Breb will take you back to another era and make you appreciate and perhaps even mourn the modernity of our developed world. Either way, you’ll get a real slice of rural Romanian life!

The Wildlife: In Transylvania, the trip to the Libearty Bear Sanctuary – biggest of its kind in Europe – takes you to visit the rescued brown bears. You can even sign up for an evening excursion to see wild bears at a forest-based bear hide. When it comes to wildlife, however, The Danube Delta takes the prize. It hosts 98% of European aquatic fauna. This means over 3,400 animal species, the vast majority are unique to the world; approximately 300 bird species, most declared natural monuments; around 160 fish species; a vast array of mammals including fox, wild cat, wolf, bear, wild boars and water snakes; and over 1,150 plant species.

UNESCO World Heritage List: Romania has a number of World Heritage Sites, from the natural ones such as the Danube Delta, the largest biosphere reserve and last remaining wilderness in Europe, and the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians which stretch over Transylvania and Maramures, to cultural sites including the medieval citadel of Sighisoara, the villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania and the Wooden Churches of Maramures.

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The Booking Process

So you’ve found the perfect experience for you… what happens next? Just follow the steps below…

Includes Enquiry form: Once you’ve chosen the dates you’d like to travel on using our availability calendar all you need to do is head over to the booking page and fill in the enquiry form.

Includes Confirmation: We will get back to you within 24 hours answering any questions you might have and confirming availability. If all is good, we can hold the places for you for 48 hours while you book your flights. Please note that this stage does not represent a guarantee of the booking. 

Includes Booking form: Once you have booked your flights, we will send you a booking form you will need to fill in with your details, flights and other relevant information.

Includes Payment: As you fill in the booking form, you will also be asked to make the payment through a secure link; if you are travelling in less than 6 weeks, the payment will be paid in full, otherwise only a 25% deposit will be taken. The outstanding balance is then taken 6 weeks before travelling. Please note deposit is non-refundable. The balance will only be refundable if you cancel with more than 6 weeks in advance. More information about the cancellation policy can be found in our Terms & Conditions.

Includes Final confirmation: Shortly after you paid, you will receive a confirmation invoice, followed by a personalized itinerary and digital booklet. All you need to do now is write the dates in your diary, prepare your packing list and look forward to your next adventure!


The Flights

As a tour operator we are not able to offer inclusive flights as part of our experiences however we are more than happy to help you find the most appropriate incoming and outgoing flights for you. All the listed airports fly directly in and out of Bucharest with multiple different airlines to choose from. We highly recommend using Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights.

Includes London Heathrow                      Includes Bristol

Includes London Gatwick                          Includes Doncaster                  

Includes London Stansted                         Includes Glasgow

Includes London Luton                              Includes Dublin

Includes Birmingham                                 For other airports click here

Your airport transfers are 100% flexible allowing you the freedom to arrive and depart at any time you choose on the arrival/departure date whether that be at 6am in the morning or 11pm at night.

For those wanting to book additional nights at the beginning or end of the trip please note that your airport pick-up and drop-off will still be included provided that you book your accommodation for the extra nights directly through us. If not you will need to organise your own transfers to and from the airport. Please contact us if you need advice or assistance.

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The Personality

This experience is suitable for all ages and tastes from the young to the young at heart. It also matches with the below travel personalities and groups:

Includes The Explorer

Includes The Culture Vulture

Includes The Free Spirit

Includes The Nature Enthusiast

Includes The Animal Lover


The Group 

The Romania Experience is a wonderful retreat suited to all groups including friends, families and even individuals who are hankering after some alone time. More information is detailed below.

Includes The Couple

Includes The Family

Includes The Friends

Includes The Solo Traveller

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The Booking & Enquiry Form

If you’d like to learn more about this experience, you’d like to check availability and prices or you have questions that need answering simply fill out the form below with all the required details using the calendar to let us know which dates you’re interested in. Once submitted, we will get back to you with confirmation and/or next steps within 24 hours.

Single Supplement: Our prices are based on people sharing, for solo travellers there is a £25 single supplement per night (£350 total for the experience).

Extra Nights: If you wish we can also organise extra nights at either end of your trip for you. For the extra nights organised through us, the airport transfer will still be included.

Special offers are highlighted in orange. Super special offers are highlighted in yellow.

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